Summary : The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife--from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies.
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$1,662 to $2,463
Arrive at Baltra's airport and begin the 8-day Galapagos adventure. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. Observe the giant tortoises that are part of the breeding program. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and spot Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works to provide environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, as well as visiting travelers.
Santa Fe is a small island, with the main attraction being its white coral beach with incredible snorkeling opportunities and a variety of sea birds and colorful fish. On South Plaza Island, the white color of the rocks contrasts with the red cloak of vegetation (Sesuvium portolacastrum) and a cactus forest. Observe land and marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobies and many other sea birds.
In the morning, visit North Seymour Island which is home to a major nesting colony of blue-footed boobies, and has the largest colony of frigate birds. Encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos snake.
In the afternoon, visit Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island. Encounter sea birds, marine iguanas, sea turtles, Darwin’s finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation. Take a stroll along a white sand beach that is a main nesting site of sea turtles.
Today, explore the Interpretation Center on San Cristóbal Island. Learn about the history of the islands in the context of nature, humankind and conservation. Visit Tijeretas Hill to walk through beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view nearby a large frigate bird colony. Depart for San Cristóbal Airport to take the flight back to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes. Read this itinerary as a guide only, as the exact route and the wildlife you encounter may vary.
This trip makes up part of a longer trip. Therefore you may have passengers who have already been on board when you embark, and others that may be staying on board after you disembark.
Shuttle Service: Included to the airport from the following hotels only
Quito - Patio Andaluz, Swissotel, Quito, Mercure, JW Marriot, Dann Carlton
Guayaquil - Palace, Grand Hotel, Oro Verde, Hilton Colon
Shuttle service to the airport from select Quito and Guayaquil hotels when air is booked through vendor; cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; welcome and farewell cocktail; 24-hour coffee/tea station; shore activities and excursions; snorkeling; guide and lecture services. Subject to change without notice.
Any airfare; accommodation before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil unless specified above; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; items of a personal nature such as laundry, medical services, consumption from the mini-bar located in suites, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except those mentioned as included; gratuities to ship staff is left to the discretion of the passenger; traveler’s insurance; wet suit rental; kayak rental; Internet; taxes for items/activities onboard; fuel surcharge.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450-$600 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).